2 top Kenyan officials arrested for suspected corruption in $3bn railway project
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2 top Kenyan officials arrested for suspected corruption in $3bn railway project

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2 top Kenyan officials arrested for suspected corruption in $3bn railway project

Two top Kenyan officials have been arrested on suspicion of corruption over land allocation for the new $3-billion flagship Nairobi-Mombasa railway.

Reports say authorities in Kenya have arrested and questioned the head of the agency that manages public land and the boss of the state railway authority.

In a statement listing arrests that was posted on Saturday on the prosecutor’s office’s Twitter feed, Mohammed Abdalla Swazuri, the chairman of National Land Commission, was one of 18 officials, businesspeople and companies named on the arrest list.

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Also arrested was Atanas Kariuki Maina, managing director of the Kenya Railways Corporation.

A statement from the anti-corruption agency revealed that officials siphoned taxpayers money through phoney compensation claims for land used for the railway.

Public prosecutor Noordin Mohamed Haji ordered the arrests and said in the statement he was preparing to charge the officials.

 

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